3 Ways to use space for success
Yes golf. The green, the space, the fresh air. Just you and that pesky ball. All your inner voice, (the one inside your mind) needs to remember? The ball goes in the hole. Easy right? And in the spaces between directing that magical spherical is where you meet yourself. Those moments, that space? It’s a de-frag. It’s a realignment, it’s a righting of your capacities. This is the power of 9 holes (or so) of golf. And the busier you are, the more intense you are, the more reason to be out. New perspectives away from work, simply works. Leonardo, Picasso and Michael-Angelo all agree. Or try, a holiday alone. A run, a walk, the gym. Whatever works for you. Prioritise it. Get refreshed. Be with yourself.
#2 Transport Yoga
No, I’m not suggesting you amaze your fellow carriage passengers taking up space with a stretch that would bring tears to their eyes, but I am recommending take charge of your breath. Breathing. Take charge of how you centre yourself. Go into yourself. Resist looking at your device, look within. Close your eyes breathe. (That’s if you’re on public transport) and then if you’re driving, switch off the talk back, flick on some classical or better still silence. Resist making ‘just one more phone call’ and breathe. Big deep breathes. In through the nose and out through the mouth. Big long deep breathes. Smile. Breathe. No matter what’s going on, your smile is a key part of your personal brand. Access that smile with lovely deep breathes. Look in that rear vision mirror. Flash those pearly whites. Ahhhh.
#1 Ditch Back To Backs
Yes. Avoid back to back meetings. Leave room for yourself. Cluster meetings in such a way you create space for recovery. Why? Every meeting you have, exchanges emotional energy with the other person. And if the energy wasn’t so good to be in, you need to clear. And even if the exchange was great, you still need to clear. You need to get clear to be clear. Space alone, brisk walk, stretch, move, close the door. Yes close the door, even for 15 minutes, create space. Take a breather. Jot notes. Drink some water. Complete your thoughts before moving onto the next event. Closing it out keeps the spaces in your mind clear. And if your role requires you to run from thing to thing to thing. Do this in clusters of high intensity, then create in the schedule, intense recovery. All high performers recover. This is necessary to perform at your best.